Ghanaian traditional games (stay)

 

During our childhood, we played lots of games during our leisure time. Some of them were indoor games and others were outdoor games. Some of these were played by only boys, others by only and others by both sexes. Games like ‘tokonklo’ , ‘kpeekpee’ and ‘aashi ni agbu’ were played by only girls  ,games like football, kpit and stay were played by only boys and games like johnny johnny, ‘piloloo’ , and jack where are you were played by both sexes. Amongst these games, the one i would like to talk about in this essay is stay.

  Stay is a game played by only boys. It is an outdoor game usually played at the park and normally played in the afternoon.To play stay,you need a ball ,the size of a fifteen years old boy’s fist, a 7cm by 9cm plywood and a stick not more than10cm long but in the absence of a plywood , you substitute it with another stick. Usually , about five to ten boys play this game. This game has two sections.

In the first part which is the beginning of the game, all the boys assemble at one point and each  boy plays totas, that is one boy picks the ball and places it on the plywood , throws it in the air and hits it continuously to prevent it from falling down. While playing the ball , the others count the number of times he hits the ball in the air until it falls down. When it falls , another boy picks up the ball and the same process is done until every boy has had his turn.  After that the boy with the least number of hits takes possession of the ball and the second part of the game begins.

For the purpose of this essay I will like to name the one with the least hits the looser. Here the looser has to make sure that he throws the ball to hit someone else then he can be free of the ball and then the person now becomes the looser. As soon as the looser picks up the ball, the rest of the boys run in different directions away from the looser. The looser also quickly picks up the ball and shouts stay. This is an order for the boys to stop running and remain wherever they have gotten to. And when he shouts stay they are supposed to respond by saying ‘for you’. He then throws the ball at the person standing nearest to him. The one nearest to him also tries to prevent the ball from touching any part of his body by hitting the  ball away with his stick or plywood. If he succeeds in hitting the ball away, everyone will run away again and the looser has to pick the ball again and he has to keep trying until he succeeds in hitting someone else with the ball. But if the ball hits someone else,the looser shouts ‘eye ohe’ , this means ‘its on you’ , this alerts the other  boys that there is now another looser.The person who was hit by the ball now becomes the looser and the former looser is automatically freed from the possession of ball. If the new looser does not pick up the ball in time, someone else will pick it up with his sticks and throw it far away and the looser has to chase the ball to pick it up , this is known as ‘tsumo’ For the purpose of this essay I will like to name the one with the least hits the looser. Here the looser has to make sure that he throws the ball to hit someone else then he can be free of the ball and then the person now becomes the looser. As soon as the looser picks up the ball, the rest of the boys run in different directions away from the looser. The looser also quickly picks up the ball and shouts stay. This is an order for the boys to stop running and remain wherever they have gotten to. And when he shouts stay they are supposed to respond by saying ‘for you’. He then throws the ball at the person standing nearest to him. The one nearest to him also tries to prevent the ball from touching any part of his body by hitting the  ball away with his stick or plywood. If he succeeds in hitting the ball away, everyone will run away again and the looser has to pick the ball again and he has to keep trying until he succeeds in hitting someone else with the ball. But if the ball hits someone else,the looser shouts ‘eye ohe’ , this means ‘its on you’ , this alerts the other  boys that there is now another looser.The person who was hit by the ball now becomes the looser and the former looser is automatically freed from the possession of ball. If the new looser does not pick up the ball in time, someone else will pick it up with his sticks and throw it far away and the looser has to chase the ball to pick it up , this is known as ‘tsumo’